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Which website are you?

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26/Feb/2005

A quiz on the BBSpot website. I am Wikiepdia, apparently!.

You are wikipedia.org You are a know-it-all. You are trustworthy, most of the time. You are versatile and useful. You like volunteering. You are free.
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It's been Snailing

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23/Feb/2005

Car with snow
Yesterday, it was snailing (a cross between snow and hail - usually the small hail which floats down). It wasn't enough to stick though - it melted almost as soon as it landed. Early this morning though, it was snowing properly. Enough to force me to clear it off my car before I drove it. Thankfully, we haven't had as much snow as other parts of the country (see BBC News).



Cock Soup

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20/Feb/2005

I know it's a bit cliched now, but I was amused to find this in Coventry Market a few weeks ago. I've only just got around to scanning it in and posting it here:
cock soup packet



Green Tea

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19/Feb/2005

I recently ran out of Green Tea, so I bought a packet from a local deli - I ended up with a pack of 'honey and jasmine' flavour because it was reduced from £2.50 to 50p (it was out of date, but tea keeps for ages so I thought it was worth a try). It tastes ok.

Here is the old packet of tea which I was drinking - it contained 4 smaller packs, each of a different variety.

This is the back of the box:
chinese tea packet

And here are the individual boxes:  

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Is out of date food bad for you?

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15/Feb/2005

That was the question asked by one of my girlfriends housemates. His part of the fridge is regulary home to ancient ready-meals or 'frozen food' which has been sitting there for weeks having long since defrosted. There is even a home made stir fry which he brought back in the new year. Still there. Untouched. Probably home to billions of partying bacteria.
A brief check in his cupboard revealed some very blue and mouldy muffins. Before that, there was some nice and mouldy fruit. We're all surprised that he hasn't managed to give himself food poisoning yet.
We all thought his cavalier attitude to old food was because he never bothered checking dates. It turned out that he didn't realise that you shouldn't eat food which has gone beyond it's best-before date, that it might possibly be bad for you.



Links not always working

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15/Feb/2005

I've noticed that when a website links to a particular page on my site, then instead of displaying the correct page it will give an error announcing that the page is forbidden. The page will display correctly if the URL is copied into the address bar instead.
If you are seeing this page instead of the one you expected to see, then this may have happened. If after trying the method given above, you still can't see the page you are after, then it may have been moved or deleted.



The Grudge

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13/Feb/2005

This was originally advertised as the Japanese original (Ju-On) but by the time it was shown at the Student Cinema, it had changed to the American remake.
Although I have yet to see the original, this seems to be closer in spirit to it's Japanese origins than the disappointing remake of Ringu (most likely due to The Grudge retaining the same director as the original). It was one of the most effective horror films I've seen for a number of years - special effects were minimal but the make-up on the 'spirits' was excellent.
Overall, well worth seeing.



A nice and disgusting Grill Pan

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12/Feb/2005

When I moved into my current house, the grill pan was in a disgusting state. I thought that nobody actually used it (the house is shared with 2 other people) and would occasionally move it out of the kitchen because of the smell. I realised it was actually still being used after leaving it outside one time and the following day finding it back in the oven.
I don't know how long it has been since the pan was cleaned or the foil changed. I moved into the house 2 months ago and it certainly hasn't been done since then. There is also a baking tray (not pictured) which is in a similar state. It's covered in foil and rancid fat and the lumps of food/batter/breadcrumbs which drop off when you cook things in the oven.



Coventry Transport Museum

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08/Feb/2005

Whilst wandering around Coventry city centre this afternoon, we decided to have a look at the transport museum. Having walked past it a number of times, we thought it was worth seeing what was in there. On the whole, it was interesting. After looking around the downstairs area, with lots of old or historic or unusual cars (such as the Jaguar XK8 from a James Bond film), we went upstairs.
This was much more like an old-fashioned museum with lots of side rooms with different exhibits. While wandering around more or less at random, we found the Thrust SSC exhibit, where you sat through a simulation of the record breaking run before having a look at the actual car which broke the world land speed record in 1997. This seemed such a major item for the museum to have and keep quiet about! Neither of us knew it was here and there was nothing in the museum itself or at the entrance which gave a hint that it was inside.
All in all, it was in interesting hour or so. We'll have to go back and have a more thorough explore when we've got more time.



Sites I regularly visit

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01/Feb/2005

The following sites are ones I tend to visit fairly regularly.

senor_fishcake got their Neopet at http://www.neopets.com



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My other web sites

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01/Feb/2005

As well as this site, I also maintain the Celebrity Stiffs League, an on-line 'Dead Pool' competition. Each game lasts 1 year and starts in january, although entries are usually accepted for the first few months to let the usual crop of late stragglers to update their teams.

The Competition is entirely non-profit, with no entry fee and no prize.



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